Pro-life and pro-choice protesters gather at the North Dakota State Capitol
BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) — The leaked draft opinion of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade sparked nationwide protests, with some supporting or opposing the court’s leaked plan.
“I help them. What are you doing to help them? If you’re going to bring them up, no, don’t talk, act,” one pro-choice protester shouted.
The leaked draft opinion of the monumental Roe v. Wade case has sparked controversy around abortion in the United States. In Bismarck, what started as a pro-life prayer service turned into a protest as groups on both sides shared their voices on the subject.
“Different sides say they’re pro-choice, but babies don’t have a choice. They don’t have a choice to have life, or even say, ‘Hey, I wouldn’t like to be murdered. here. So we’re here to speak on their behalf,” said event organizer Keith Hapip Jr.
Members of the Capitol Heights Baptist Church and others aimed to worship God and share their beliefs with pro-choice activists.
“My foundation is that our trust is in God, so if God chooses to give life, he has a plan and a purpose for every life,” said prayer service attendee Mariah Young.
Pro-choice activists marched around the Capitol Loop.
“My body, my choice,” the group shouted.
“In my opinion, it’s all about choice. It’s like, am I exactly thrilled that a group of people are having abortions? No, but it all depends on someone’s choice,” said pro-choice protester Hannah Himmes.
Tension grew as protesters from the two pro-choice groups and a woman who prayer organizer Hapip Jr. said was not part of their event began shouting at each other.
Over a hundred people attended.
“Your master is a cruel master. The devil has blinded your eyes,” Hapip Jr said.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol stood ready in case of violence.
“Not everyone is a Christian,” shouted a pro-choice protester.
Similar rallies were held across the state.
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